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From using it to add personality quirks to being an irrevocable part of a character’s worldview, religion pops up on television in ways both serious and irreverent. But, surprisingly, it’s not dealt with as often as we’d expect in America. On this week's episode of "The Vulture TV Podcast," we dive into how it’s been approached over the years and emerge with a three-level system that accounts for everything from Touched by an Angel to Friday Night Lights. Then we pick up with one of the most thematically religious shows currently on TV, The Leftovers, its excellent premiere episode, and what made it so compelling. (Hint: It’s not all the mysteries.) Further reading: Margaret Lyons on The Leftovers' second season; Alyssa Rosenberg on religion on TV Tune in to "The Vulture TV Podcast," produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, every Tuesday, on iTunes or SoundCloud. »
- Gazelle Emami,Margaret Lyons,Matt Zoller Seitz
Blazing a trail in 1995, Hackers tackled web culture on screen before the internet really took off. The cyber-thriller helped kick-start the career of a major Hollywood A-lister and swiftly became a cult classic thanks to its Hacker Manifesto.
As Hackers celebrates its 20th birthday today (September 15), here's what happened to the six stars who made up the cyber-punk crew.
Hackers handle: Acid Burn
In 1995, Jolie was a fast-rising 20-year-old actress with Cyborg 2 and some big music videos (including Meat Loaf, Lenny Kravitz and The Lemonheads) on her CV. New York Times critic Janet Maslin was non too plussed about Jolie's performance, saying of her character: "Kate stands out. That's because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top."
Now, the 40-year-old is an Oscar-winning superstar with humanitarian work spanning more than a decade and »
The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Barnes & Noble has released a stunning Doctor Who book that combines two popular novels starring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, and Rory Williams. As part of their Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions, Doctor Who: Two Novels brings together Dan Abnett’s The Silent Stars Go By, and Jonathan Morris’ Touched by an Angel in a gorgeous rich Tardis-blue cover, edged with...
- Philip Bates
Actress and producer Roma Downey (The Bible, Son of God, Touched by an Angel) presents an exploration into modern-day miracles in TLC’s inspiring series Answered Prayers (premiering Sunday, July 26). “It’s like a breath of fresh air,” Downey says. “It’s just a show that celebrates hope, and God knows we always can use some more hope in our lives.” The series blends emotional interviews and thrilling reenactments with dramatic real footage, and introduces viewers to ordinary people who have experienced circumstances so extreme that their survival can only be described as “miraculous.” When each was faced with inexplicable tragedy or … Continue reading →
The post Downey’s “Answered Prayers” Inspires With Tales Of Real-Life Miracles appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
Actress and producer Roma Downey (The Bible, Son of God, A.D. The Bible Continues, Touched by an Angel) presents an exploration into modern-day miracles in TLC’s inspiring new series, Answered Prayers premiering Sunday, July 26, at 10pm Et/Pt. “It’s like a breath of fresh air,” Downey says. “It’s just a show that celebrates hope, and God knows we always can use some more hope in our lives.” The six-part series blends heartwrenching interviews, thrilling reenactments and dramatic real footage, and introduces viewers to ordinary people who have experienced circumstances so extreme that their survival can only be described as “miraculous.” When … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.
He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.
For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.
In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the »
- Variety Staff
Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes.
The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”
Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time on stage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”
He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman »
- Carmel Dagan
TLC explores modern-day miracles with Answered Prayers, an all-new series hosted by celebrated actress and producer Roma Downey (‘The Bible Series,’ ‘Son of God,’ ‘Ad,’ ‘Touched by an Angel’). Premiering Sunday, July 26 at 10/9c, this six-part series follows the remarkable stories of people in life-threatening situations who have experienced moments so inexplicable, so incredible that they can only be described as divine intervention. Using a blend of heart-wrenching interviews, thrilling recreations and dramatic real footage, each hour-long episode paints a vivid portrait of ordinary people who have faced extraordinary circumstances?and miraculously lived to tell the tale. Each individual?s unwavering faith and trust in the power of prayer has transformed potentially heartbreaking situations into stories of true inspiration?from a young boy buried for hours under eleven feet of sand, to the horror of a pastor stabbed 37 times, to a family that survives their car plunging upside down into an icy river bank. »
"I just made a change in my predictions for Best Drama Actress. I'm going with Caitriona Balfe to be nominated for 'Outlander,'" reveals Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil in our latest Emmy predictions video slugfest (watch below at the 1:11:25 mark). O'Neil's prediction is bold, considering he's the only one of our Experts or Editors picking her to make the list, but he believes that Balfe fits in to a fascinating pattern of past voting. "If you look back in this category historically, there are lots of nominations for actresses who have a strong cult following, portraying characters about female empowerment," O'Neil says. O'Neil cites Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel"), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman"), Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia") and Patricia Arquette ("Medium") as such examples of leading ladies who reaped Emmy nominations for thei...' »
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night on late night, Conan spoke with Ex Machina‘s Alicia Vikander and Moone Boy‘s Chris O’Dowd, Nathan Lane serenaded Letterman with an original song called “I’m dead inside,” James Corden played human piñata with LL Cool J and Kaley-Cuoco Sweeting, Sofia Vergara and Jimmy Fallon played “catchphrase” on The Tonight Show, and Adam DeVine drank beers in a Man Show toast with Jimmy Kimmel! Plus, Cinco de Mayo jokes.
Because the 2016 Presidential race is gearing up and more candidates »
- Max Wood
Some actors hit the ground running, starting as they mean to go on by giving career-making debut performances in commercial and critical hit films. Some even win awards for their first either feature film roles, like Lupita Nyong’o, who scooped tonnes of awards for her part in 12 Years A Slave. And then there are the actors who started their career in the likes of 1986 Troma horror comedy Monster In The Closet.
Following guest appearances on TV soap operas The Young And The Restless and Touched By An Angel, that’s where Paul Walker began his career. But it’s not about where you start off, it’s where you end up – and a good couple of decades after his role as “Professor” Bennett in a movie that’s one long mildly homophobic gag, he had built up a truly impressive filmography.
Who knows where his career might have taken him in later life, »
- Tom Baker
All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion.
A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to La and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life.
Jarrad Paul and »
- Melissa Thompson
The picture centers on Brian Nichols, who captivated national attention in 2005 after he escaped from a courthouse jail and murdered four people. His crime spree turned into a hostage situation.
“Captive” stars “Selma’s” David Oyelowo and “House of Cards” alum Kate Mara. It will debut on September 18, 2015, facing off against the sequel to “The Maze Runner,” a Whitey Bulger biopic with Johnny Depp, and “Everest” with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jerry Jameson (“Last Flight Out”) directs the adaptation of the book “Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero” by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly. The film’s screenplay is by Brian Bird (“Touched by an Angel”).
Bn Films fully financed the picture.
- Brent Lang
In 1994, a show about a teenage girl came into our lives and changed them forever. While it was just as swiftly taken from us, My So-Called Life left an impact on television and on its viewers. As we near the show’s 21st birthday (Rayanne, you still should not be drinking) we thought we’d check in and see how the Chase family and friends have fared over the years. Spoiler: one of them is now a royal!
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
We all know how Angela Chase herself turned out. Danes has enjoyed a successful career, including Emmy wins for Temple Grandin and Homeland. And our favorite angsty teen is now a mom! She and husband Hugh Dancy welcomed a son in 2012.
Bess Armstrong (Patty Chase)
As Patty, Angela’s mom who tried her best to navigate the minefield of life with a teenage daughter, Armstrong gave us all »
- Courtney Enlow
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email email@example.com or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. I currently don't follow any ongoing scripted TV series. Part of the problem is that so many of them seem to be about cynicism, violence, and/or failure — heroes who never seem to get truly happy outcomes (one reason I gave up on Doctor Who), dysfunctional families, heroes who have to kill to save the day, etc. There's enough sorrow in the nightly news; why aren't scripted shows modeling better behavior? I would like to find some positive-thinking shows aimed at adults and without fantasy elements (i.e. Touched by an Angel) where nonviolence, charity, love, and intellectualism conquer all. Recommendations? —RoriMy first »
- Margaret Lyons
Produced by an angel — and playing one, too.
That sums up the current status of Selma star Stephan James, who’s been cast in a major role as a neophyte guardian angel in the NBC pilot Unveiled — from husband-wife producing team Mark Burnett (The Voice, The Bible) and Roma Downey (The Bible, The Dovekeepers), Deadline reports.
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Downey, of course, also starred as a heavenly creature from 1994 to 2003 in the family hit Touched by an Angel.
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